Year after year, Elf is a guaranteed Christmas classic.

Although the movie is over 15 years old, it’s a must-watch every time it pops up on Freeview and one of first Christmas films you think about when scouring Netflix over the festive period.

Everyone knows that Buddy the Elf is played by the hilarious Will Ferrell – who else could look that ridiculous in an elf costume!

But who plays Jovie, the girl Buddy falls in love with?

From Warner Bros Elf on ITV Pictured: Jovie [Zooey Deschanel].
Elf on ITV

Jovie Elf

Most of the movie revolves around Buddy the Elf and his quest to form a relationship with his real father, Walter Hobbs.

So you’d be forgiven for forgetting the name of the girl he falls in love with.

Her name is Jovie, she worked in the department store, is a very good singer, and that’s about all the backstory we got.

However, the name is an American take on ‘joyous’ or ‘happy’, which is a perfectly fitting name for her character.

Who is the Girl in Elf?

Most fans of American TV sitcom New Girl will recognise Jovie.

And if they don’t, this could come as a big shock.

Jovie is played by a young Zooey Deschanel, who played Jess in New Girl from 2011-2018.

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Now 38, Zooey was 23 years old at the time of filming Elf.

Zooey’s singing in the shower scene is her own voice, and she has gone on record to say that her singing voice played a pivotal role in gaining the role in Elf.

Zooey has also gone on to star in Hollywood movies such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 500 Days of Summer, The Happening and Your Highness.

When is Elf on TV for Christmas?

You can watch Elf (2003) on Sunday, December 23rd – the day before Christmas Eve!

This time, it will air at 4:55 pm on ITV2.

Is Elf on Christmas Day?


If you’ve missed all of the previous screenings of Elf or you simply want to watch it for the sixth time, Elf is also on TV on Christmas Day.

It airs on ITV2 at 5.40 pm.


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